I’m excited to announce that the featured block for April is a Log Cabin Quilt Block.
This is block #8 of 12. This block is constructed a little bit differently than the blocks in the previous months, but don’t stress, I walk you through all of the steps.
I love this block, it may be one of my favorites so far. I think that it’s one of those blocks that helps to tie all of the other ones together. My block features 7 different fabrics. One center main “focal” fabric and 6 different fabrics in two colors.
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If you missed it be sure to check out this post on Quilt Block Construction Tips. You can find an index to all the posts in this quilt block series to date by clicking here.
About Log Cabin Quilt Blocks:
Log Cabin blocks are usually constructed with all of the “light” fabric on one side and all of the “dark” fabric on another side. When you do that and put a bunch of blocks together in a quilt really cool things happen.
This block from the Diary of a Quilter blog is actually 4 log cabin blocks sewn together. Look closely and you can spot the pattern. Pretty cool huh!
The block we will make this month won’t give us the same optical illusion, but since this series is designed to teach you to make a large variety of quilt blocks, I thought you’d still enjoy making one. You can venture out on your own if you like and make some quilts with really cool designs.
There are a few ways to construct a Log Cabin block, I like to use a “cheater” way. It involves more trimming but the math is a thousand times easier and it leaves you some room to make a mistake.
Things to Know Before you Start:
When you’re making this block you want to be sure to only PRESS your seams, don’t iron them. If you move the iron back and forth you’ll distort your lines and end up with a wonky block (which can be really cool in itself). My block is not perfect but I’m okay with that.
How to Make a Log Cabin Quilt Block:
Yields One 14 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ Finished Size Quilt Block:
To make this block you’ll need:
(note: Keep the colors the same but you can vary the prints within each color, for example my block has pink and white strips but each one is a different print).
1 piece 4 x 4 for center square
1 piece 2 1/4″ x 5″ of COLOR A
1 piece 2 1/4″ x 7″ of COLOR A
1 piece 2 1/4″ x 7″ of COLOR B
1 piece 2 1/4″ x 9″ of COLOR A
1 piece 2 1/4″ x 9″ of COLOR B
1 piece 2 1/4″ x 11″ of COLOR A
1 piece 2 1/4″ x 11″ of COLOR B
1 piece 2 1/4″ x 13″ of COLOR B
2 pieces 3″ x 16″ of COLOR A
2 pieces 3″ x 16″ of COLOR B
As I mentioned before, this is a “cheater” way of constructing a block that involves more trimming but less math. It’s also more forgiving if you cut one of your pieces too short.
As you work on the Log Cabin Block, note two things:
1- Don’t get over zealous with the trimming, just trim the piece even.
2- Press between each step.
3- Always stitch right sides together.
Okay, lets start.
Stitch one 2 1/4″ x 5″ strip to the top of your 4″ x 4″ square. Press seam to one side. Trim excess fabric off.
Stitch your 2 1/4″ x 7″ strip of fabric A to the left side of the 4″ x 4″ square. Press seam to one side and trim.
Stitch your 2 1/4″ x 7″ strip of fabric B to the bottom of the 4″ x 4″ square. Press seam to one side and trim.
Stitch your 2 1/4″ x 9″ strip of fabric B to the right side of the square. Press seam to one side. Trim.
Keep doing this going in a counter clockwise direction.
The last 4 strips you sew to the block will each be 3″ wide.
After you’ve sewn all of your strips to the block, trim the block to 15″ x 15″.
That’s it you’re done!
Just a quick reminder: This project along with ALL of the other projects on this blog are offered to you for free. The only thing that I ask is that you do not use them for any commercial purpose. If you have a shop, this is not meant to be a program for you to use in your store. It’s meant to help build the online community of people who all LOVE quilting. Please respect that so that I can go on sharing these projects for everyone.